Eat at Lu’s

My name is Lisa Beiswenger (AKA Lu), and this website is dedicated to exploring food in all its forms: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

This project began in 2011 when I began to develop vegan and vegetarian recipes for my cooking blog.  In 2016, the project expanded into a podcast where I cook recipes from the culinary past.  While cooking, I discuss the history and science of cooking.

Most Recent Episodes

spampie2Episode 12: Spam Upside Down Pie (1945)
In this episode, we explore the history of Spam while making Spam Upside Down Pie. This episode also takes a look into why it’s so popular in the Philippines, Hawaii, and Korea.

DSC_0125Episode 11: The Joys of Jello (1963-2002)
I cook three savory Jell-O recipes and talk about the rise and decline in the popularity of Jell-O salads through the twentieth century.  The recipes are Gazpacho Salad, Cucumber Sour Cream Salad, and Tuna Salad.

CCI05082016Episode 10: Bananamole and Banana Daiquiri (1977)
In this episode, I make two recipes from The 2-in-1 International Recipe Card Collection: Banana Daiquiri  and Bananamole from the back.  While preparing my ingredients, I talk about the history of bananas.

800px-ShakespeareEpisode 9: Shakespeare’s Birthday Meal
To celebrate Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday and the 400th anniversary since his death, I cook up two dishes from his era and talk about the food eaten during the Elizabethan/Jacobean periods.


CCI04082016Episode 8: Ham and Bananas Hollandaise (1973)
In this episode, I make Ham and Bananas Hollandaise” and talk about the history and science of hollandaise.  You can probably predict how the recipe turned out.  This episode is a cautionary tale about the follies of recipe card authors.